left biblioblography: Away I Fly, To The East

Friday, October 24, 2008

Away I Fly, To The East

So tomorrow I leave for China, to compete in the 3rd World Traditional Wushu Championships at WuDang. I shall be gone for 2 weeks.
I will be woefully out of my depth, and not expecting to win diddly-squat: contestant numbers are said to be in the upwards of 10,000 or more. So I'll rubber-neck, play La Tourista, network and get pointers on how to refine my art. Pick up maybe 20 more words in Mandarin (enhancing my limited vocabulary to the tune of 40 or more...encroaching senility has not been kind recently).
Other bits of sundry personal news: I've quit smoking (I have mild emphysema, manageable, but still sucks), and I had a picture of my heart taken (2, actually!) when I was in the hospital a few weeks ago.
I'll probably post on all that sturm und drang when I return in 2 weeks.
In the meanwhile, if you drop on by, do play nice in my sandbox.

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Danny Boy said...

Good luck, hope you perform much better than you think. BTW, which area are you competing in? Straight sword? I've watched wushu competitions and I really like the sword plays, and also the empty hand routines (southern boxing I think).

Krystalline Apostate said...

Thanks, Danny boy.
I'll be doing straight sword, open Chen form, & a group form.
All Tai Chi, I might add.